A three-step critical pathway for community-acquired pneumonia reduces duration of hospital stay and intravenous antibiotic use by 2 days
- Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
- Correspondence to: Dr Paula Peyrani
Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville, 501 E Broadway, MedCenter One, Suite 120, Louisville, KY 40202, USA;
Implications for practice and research
Although early switch therapy and hospital discharge are well-recognised processes, current practices show that these practices are not well established worldwide.
Pathways are useful tools to remind treating physicians about criteria for early switch and discharge.
A behavioural change may be necessary in order to decrease the gap between national recommendations and current management of hospitalised patients with community-acquired pneumonia.
Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) remains within the 10 …